published Friday, August 1st, 2014

Sims helps U.S. win world fishing event and other sports news

The United States youth fly-fishing team including Mason Sims from Chickamauga, Ga., completed a wire-to-wire victory Thursday in the World Championships in Poland with all five competitors finishing in the top seven individually. Gabriel Wittosch and Cam Chioffi of Team USA were first and second, Hunter Enloe was fourth and Hunter Hoffler and Sims were sixth and seventh in the eight-nation event that started Monday. The U.S. anglers totaled 183,040 points with 262 total fish, compared to 133,000 and 190 for runner-up Poland. The Czech Republic was third with 122,720 points and 185 fish. Each of the Americans won his sector in session four Thursday -- Sims on the Bialka River -- and Wittosch won his sector with the others finishing second to fourth in the anticlimactic final session. Wittosch lives in Duluth, Ga., and the Chattooga was one of the rivers he fished this summer. Hoffler is from Moreland, Ga.; Enloe from Hudson, N.C.; Chioffi from Weston, Mass.

Track & Field

• The Chattanooga Jets' Danielle Dunning had two third-place finishes and a fourth in the USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships last week in Houston, Texas, and teammate Jada Cooper joined her as a 7-8-year-old All-American with sixth-place finishes in the 400- and 800-meter runs. Cooper had the best time in the 800 semifinals, 2:46.65, and ran the final in 2:50.76. Dunning had the fastest 200 quarterfinal, 29.61 seconds, and the second-fastest semifinal (30.10) before finishing third in 30.00. She had the second best time also in the 100 semifinals, 14.40, and ran a 14.59 final for third. She was fourth in the long jump.

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